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The Best Hikes in Arches NP National Park

130 Triplog Reviews in the Arches NP National Park
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2.23 mi • 206 ft aeg
Windows and Double Arch
We visited Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. Arches requires on line passes to get into the park and at such a late notice we could only get passes for times after 3PM. This worked out good for us, we would do Canyonlands, which doesn't require passes, in the morning and Arches in the evening (they are literally just across the highway from each other). Visiting arches in the late afternoon worked out good because it is cooler and they don't close the gates at night.

Double Arch and the windows is a short trail and when combined taking the user trail to the east of the windows makes for a nice short hike. Turret Arch is right next to the windows so we threw that in too. This is an easy walk with the less used trail to the east side a little hard to follow but every so often there are some cairns. Lots of people on the main trails.
8.57 mi • 1,247 ft aeg
Devil's Garden Primitive Loop is one of our favorite hikes in the Moab area - we do it almost every time we visit the area.

This year I decided to take all of the side trips along the loop. After taking the short side trip for photographing Landscape Arch, I continued around the loop and went to Navajo Arch and Partition Arch. Continuing the loop again, we went to Black Arch and then Double O Arch.

I then hiked to Dark Angel. If you're going to skip a side trip, this is the one to skip. While I did hike all the way to Dark Angel and then hiked up some nearby fins to find a favorable vantage point from which to photograph it, I ended up using a shot that I took on the trail where Dark Angel is framed by a pair of trees. You might do just as well to photograph it with a long lens from the Double O area.

Continuing on, I split off again and took shots of Private Arch from both sides.

Finally, towards the end of the hike, I went to see Pine Tree Arch and Tunnel Arch, something I had not done in many years. Pine Tree Arch was more interesting than I had remembered.

This is a good hike, though it's always sort of busy.
2.5 mi • 810 ft aeg
U-Turn Canyon - Arches National Park
U-Turn Canyon is an easy technical canyon in Arches National Park. Parking is at the Park Avenue Trailhead and you finish by hiking up Park Avenue back to the Trailhead.

We got the beta on this canyon from the book, "Moab Canyoneering: Exploring Technical Canyons around Moab" by Derek Wolfe. It's a well written guidebook which told us exactly what to expect on this route.

I had read on SummitPost that a 70 meter rope might be required to do the final rappel, so we brought a 60 meter rope plus a 60 meter pull cord. It turned out, however that the final rappel was doable as a double line rappel with just the 60 meter rope. This turned out to be a good thing, I think, since my daughter doesn't have a lot of experience with rappelling and doing a double line rappel provides more friction than a single line.

So, anyway...

The approach was up a sandstone ramp / dihedral. I went up first and my daughter spotted my wife on some of the harder moves. As usual, my daughter cruised though all of the class three terrain, making it look easy.

There are four rappels - the first three are fairly short and at least two can be bypassed by downclimbing. We did all four of the rappels because I wanted my daughter to get rappel experience. The final 95 foot rappel has a few free sections. My daughter had trouble with these - she found that the waist belt on her harness constricted her abdomen making it hard to breathe. I think the weight of her backpack probably had something to do with this issue. (She was carrying the pull cord.) She used her climbing harness and has never had this problem when being lowered on overhanging walls at the gym.

My wife was very happy with this outing - a good thing, since her previous technical canyoneering outing with me (Minnow Canyon last October) was really scary. My daughter enjoyed it too, though she had more fun doing the scrambling / climbing than the rappelling.

We took our time on this route and spent some time wandering around taking in the views. This increased the distance that we hiked somewhat over the 1.5 miles listed in our guidebook.
2.77 mi • 1,000 ft aeg
It was special to visit Edward Abbey's home-park again.

We picked up permits at the VC to explore in the Fiery Furnace. These permits are limited and were completely booked last time I was at Arches. Thankfully we got some of the last permits for the day. I think it helps to try in January!

This is a special place that contains over 50 arches and many bouldering opportunities as you pick your route over fins and through narrow slots. Definitely a quiet retreat from the business that is Arches NP. The Fiery Furnace is easily my favorite part of the park.
8.23 mi • 1,150 ft aeg
This was the main hike of the day and well worth the effort. We headed in and skipped the side hike to Tunnel Arch & Pine Tree Arch. We would hit them on the hike out. Landscape Arch came into view and we started our lasso loop opting for a counter clockwise loop.

The going is fairly easy as you follow a defined trail that drops down and makes a loop. We detoured over to Private Arch and took a short break. From there we continued and detoured over to Dark Angel. Both are cool geological features worth exploring. From the trail junction near Double O Arch we started our return. Along the way we stopped to check out Navajo Arch, which was my favorite, and Partition Arch. We continued our return and took the side trip to Pine Tree Arch & Tunnel Arch. We arrived back to the TH around mid-afternoon.

This is an excellent loop that has a handful of amazing arches and wonderful scenery. The loop is great but not necessary to see the best arches like Navajo & Double O. After this hike we drove around the rest of the park seeing Skyline Arch & Double Arch. Great trip to Arches!
4.2 mi • 163 ft aeg
We set camp before our hike which reduced our hiking window for the afternoon, so we couldn't complete the full primitive loop; however, we had a place to sleep so i'll take that tradeoff. So we took the Devil's Garden trail out to Double Arch, and then swung underneath the Partition Arch on the way back. A few parts of the trail once beyond the Landscape Arch felt primitive - there was slickrock climbing and a couple areas where you needed to slightly hoist yourself up. A fun hike that spices up after the first mile. Beyond the Double Arch is a recessed hollow that made for a nice snack spot and views to the north through the arches. Highly recommend you at least get beyond the Landscape Arch if you can (as many don't considering this is the largest arch).
2 mi • 150 ft aeg
Just making our annual pilgrimage to the Minnesota/Wisconsin area for several weeks to get caught up on family and friends and a little partying along the way :D Our first day ended in Moab, Utah with just enough time left over for a quick tour of Arches NP.

Lots of tourists overwhelming the scenic stops so it was pretty tricky to get photos without lots of two-legged clutter.The highlights of my tour was to stop at a couple of the arches and the Balancing Rock, I wanted to visit the famous Delicate Arch, but there was almost a hundred cars in the parking lot :o so I just made a U-turn and worked my way back to the hotel. I'm hoping to return to Arches at a future time when there aren't so many people and hike some of the trails into the remote arch sites.
1.1 mi • 100 ft aeg
This is part of our Mighty Five trip 2016. We did 5 parks in 5 days in Utah.

Day 5: Arches National Park. Double arch is a must see when in arches. The hike is easy enough and they are a spectacular sight.

Video: ... Wyyk
3.3 mi • 480 ft aeg
This is part of our Mighty Five Trip 2016. We did 5 parks in 5 days in Utah.

Day 5: Arches National Park. Having already been to Arches we limited ourselves here. The interesting thing is the last time we were at Arches I felt like we did every tail except delicate Arch. that is the craziest thing ever! So that what we did this time. We got to the park somewhat early and headed straight to the trail head. Still had to wait for parking... It was really heating up this day and they had heat warning signs everywhere. I liked this trail, I liked hiking on the slick rock, I like how its cut into the side, I like how you round the corner and then boom, the arch comes into sight. We really enjoyed this, as you can see from the pictures, it was plenty crowded, we were not able to get an arch picture without a stranger in it. still good times though.

On our way back there was a ranger talking with a couple, the lady was sitting on the ground, she was giving her water. They were on their way up, but the ranger was suggesting they turn back. When we got back to the trail head there was another ranger who had set up 3 igloo coolers that I'm sure were full of water so people could fill up. A person had flagged her over and we noticed there was an older couple, the guy was sitting on the ground next to his car, he looked really red. The woman was in the bushes puking. Another hiker who had finished at the same time of us told us we had just ran across another couple who he had to empty his camelback with what he had left to give them some water, they were out. I have a feeling it was a long day for some people that day.

Video: ... Wyyk
12.54 mi • 2,180 ft aeg
Arches National Park
Started the day at Devil's Garden Primitive Loop. The primitive loop is probably the only place on the park's established trails where you'll encounter the least amount of people. I did the loop counter clockwise. Once you're about 2 miles into the loop the fun really starts as the trail fades and you begin climbing up, down, and around giant sandstone rocks through a series of washes. The trail has an ample amount of cairns, but there were still a few times I found myself questioning if I was going the right way, or having to back track to the last cairn to look for the next one.

I met a group of 3 girls from Florida near Double-O Arch who had backpacked/camped and it piqued my interest in possibly spending a night back there sometime. I hiked with them the rest of the way back and enjoyed the company. My favorite part of this trail is just after Double-O Arch where you climb up on top of a ~4ft-wide giant "rock fin" which you then walk across for about 100 yards. From here you get outstanding views of the park!

Next I hit up Broken Arch Loop. There are a few arches which are neat along this loop, but other than that it is rather uneventful.

Lastly, I hit up the one place I knew for certain was going to have swarms of people, Delicate Arch. The hike to the Arch was actually a little more difficult than I had anticipated. It's by no means "strenuous" but it definitely fits into the moderate category.

Once I reached the Arch I encountered about 50 other people. I really wanted to get a picture of the Arch without any people in it, so I preceded to wait about 30 minutes while everybody and their sister just had to stand right under the arch to get a picture of themselves in various annoying poses. I saw handstands, flexing, "sexy poses", and "hands raised up like we just don't care!" Some people even chose to loiter around RIGHT NEXT to the Arch even though they were't getting their picture taken. I noticed I was't the only one who was becoming increasingly frustrated with the feces (crap) show, and I nearly gave up.

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